Intern Insights: Paper Marbling Workshop

Guest post by Brenda Thompson In her blog post a couple weeks ago, Brooke told you about the process of creating marbled paper, and showed you a book from the University of Nashville collection that we are processing. Fortuitously, just after that blog post was published, I discovered that we were going to have the opportunity… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Printers’ Devices

Guest post by Brooke Jackson As an intern working in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections Library, I have come across many old books, some dating as far back as the 16th century! We’ve learned throughout this internship of the many artifactual qualities that make books rare, including bindings, handmade papers, ornamental endpapers, and more. Another interesting characteristic… Keep Reading

The Wild Bunch Data Visualization Awards

This semester the library has been part of a campus-wide program focused on data visualization.  Our final program this semester is the announcement of the student winners of our data visualization competition. The entries were strong and we appreciate and recognize the work of our judges: Professor Bobby Bodenheimer, Professor Vesna Pavlovlic, Librarian Bobby Smiley,… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Book Clasps–Have You Hugged A Rare Book Today?

Guest post by Brenda Thompson When Brooke and I first began processing the University of Nashville collection, this 1747 book (currently uncataloged) was one of the first to capture my attention — for many reasons, including the decorative clasps: The use of clasps on books dates to a time much earlier than the 18th century,… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Paper Marbling

Guest post by Brooke Jackson Many of the books in the University of Nashville Collection that we have been cataloging feature paper marbling. This method has been used in connection with books for hundreds of years, and the technique can be traced back all the way to East Asia between the 10th and 12th centuries…. Keep Reading

The Shadow of the Sun: E.E. Barnard and the Solar Eclipse

Central Library Second Floor Gallery Opening Reception: April 7, 2:00-3:30pm In the study of astronomy and earth sciences, the Sun dominates the field in its importance to life on Earth.  The Sun provides energy to plants which provide food and oxygen, influences weather patterns in the atmosphere, and warms the surface of the planet to… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover (Part 2)

Guest Post by Brenda Thompson For this week’s post, I decided to follow up on my February 13 blog post: Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover. In that post, I discussed this book from the University of Nashville collection:   As noted then, you can see from the photograph that the book’s spine has… Keep Reading

ART+FEMINISM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

March is ART+FEMINISM and Vanderbilt Library’s having a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon! Why We Edit Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well documented: less than 10% of contributors to Wikipedia identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Line Engraving

Guest Post by Brooke Jackson As an intern at Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and Archives, I have come across many interesting characteristics working with rare books. One such quality is that many of the books contain beautiful pieces of artwork. The artwork typically depicts various images such as maps, portraits, animals, etc. The technique used to… Keep Reading